We offer a number of programs to assist victims of domestic violence and their children. We also make referrals to other organizations or resources if there is a need that we can’t address.
24-hour Crisis Line
The SVABW 24-hour confidential Crisis Line is staffed by trained advocates available to listen and help 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The Crisis Line telephone number is 952-873-4214.
Criminal Justice Intervention
When police are involved regarding a domestic assault, they contact us to work with the victim. Our trained advocates provide information and resources and work closely with the victim on legal issues. Our valuable program partners include the following agencies: Sheriff’s Departments of Carver and Scott Counties, Police Departments of Belle Plaine, Chaska, Elko-New Market, Jordan, New Prague, Prior Lake, Savage, and Shakopee.
After a woman leaves a violent relationship, court orders for protection require that her abuser stay away and leave her alone. SVABW offers legal advocacy to help guide and support the woman throughout the civil court process.
Because women who are being battered may need to leave their home or situation immediately in order to save their lives and/or the lives of their children, SVABW offers this program. These homes are private homes where women and their children can stay with a family for up to three days while shaping longer-term plans.
Taking the courageous first step of attending a support group can begin the journey in dealing with violence in a victim’s life and even finding her way out of an violent relationship. (You are Not Alone)
Women attending the group are walking the same journey. Everything that is shared in the group is confidential. Trained facilitators listen attentively to your story and can offer insight, direction and support.
Free onsite childcare is available at women’s support groups.
Call 952-873-4214 for more information.
Latina Advocacy – Consejeria Latina
SVABW launched the Latina Advocacy Program to better serve our growing Spanish speaking community. We provide confidential services to victims of domestic violence through general and legal advocacy regardless of their immigration status, cultural, and language barriers. Victims can directly connect with this program by calling 952-873-4238.
Community Engagement and Training
SVABW wants to know you. Domestic Violence is a somber, serious issue but together with our program partners and our communities we can support victims and increase awareness so we can prevent it from happening to our families and friends. We are available to speak at events, community and professional organizations, or your company.
SVABW is a partner and resource in the communities we serve. Through increasing awareness, training, and building relationships we can impact the stigma victims feel, educate our youth, inform our neighbors and partner with other agencies invested in safety and well being. This is how we End Domestic Violence in our Community!
i’M o.K. Children’s Visitation Center
We wanted to know how SVABW could really support our community and victims. We spent time talking to victims, law enforcement, social services – we found out that what the community needed most from us was a safe place for non-custodial parents and their children to visit in a safe, supervised, child friendly environment.
Our Visitation Center is available to any family where there has been domestic violence and/ or where there has been conflict around parenting time. We also offer supervised exchanges when requested.
i’M o.K. Children’s Visitation Center was born from the voice of the community. Mary Ann Bigaouette, Executive Director and the daughter of SVABW founder Maxine Kruschke, wanted to find just the right name for this newest addition to the growing list of programs and services offered by SVABW. It needed to be a name that was welcoming, kind, and supportive to the children and their families during a time of possible anxiety and sadness. As Mary Ann pondered, her mother’s initials kept appearing in her mind…M. K. became i’M o.K. Children’s Visitation Center.